Mick is currently the Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a position to which he was appointed in June 2018, after two years as a part time ACCC Commissioner. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in agriculture, both obtained at the University of NSW. His career has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a University researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agricultural lobbyist and policy advisor. In 2003 he was appointed as the foundation Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, a role in which he continued until June 2018. In 2011 he was appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government panel to review drought policy in Australia. Following this, from 2012-2015 he acted as Chairman of the Australian Government’s National Rural Advisory Council which preceded his ACCC appointment.
Mick is also a member of the Australian Government’s Emission Reduction Assurance Council, and a participant in several broadacre farming businesses in southern NSW.